Zach Lavine dunk show echoes Michael Jordan's historic free throw line dunk

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Zach Lavine, the NBA rookie selected in the first round of the draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves back in July, has caused something of a stir today courtesy of a video doing the rounds showing the young star producing some frankly incredible dunks.

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The video, created by BallisLife, is an extended version of the Vine which has got fans of the NBA talking this week, and dates back to a recent Seattle Pro Am appearance from the former UCLA shooting guard.

Competing against 'Golden Child' (a man who makes a living from his dunk skills), Zach Lavine stole the show as he worked the crowd into a frenzy with a series of jaw-dropping dunks.

Incorporating everything from windmills, to 360s and through the leg slams, perhaps the most impressive move came late on from Lavine.

In a move that had echoes of Michael Jordan's historic 1988 Dunk Contest dunk from the free-throw line, Lavine picked up the basketball and counted out his steps before driving at full speed toward the basket - leaping into the air at the free throw line.

The air time the NBA rookie managed was stunning enough before Lavine added the seemingly customary windmill into the mix as the ball inevitably found its way into the basket in effortless style.

Lavine's career to date

A member of the 2014 draft class, Lavine has already carved out a reputation for himself as a bit of a dunk specialist but the shooting guard has a lot more to offer the pros than a slot on the Dunk Contest line-up.

Drawing comparisons to current NBA superstar Russell Westbrook, Lavine was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team last season before declaring for the NBA.

And he has proved a decent prospect following the step up to the NBA Summer League for the Timberwolves - averaging 15.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

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Dunk contest potential

Lavine's impressive outing in Seattle have already got people talking about his as a sure fire winner of the Dunk Contest when the 2015 All-Star weekend rolls around.

With the traditionally popular event having struggled to entice viewers, and interest, in recent years with a lack of big name competitors and stale skills on show the sign that one of this year's rookie class isn't shy of displaying his talents is a positive one.

Now all we need is a video to surface of LeBron James of Blake Griffin displaying similar talents and we have got ourselves a contest for the ages.

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